Nina Pham, Dallas Nurse, Contracts Ebola From Patient She Was Treating

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Nina Pham, the nurse who was treating an Ebola patient only to contract the virus herself, is fighting for her life as the first identified American with the disease.

Treating a highly contagious Ebola patient has to be one of the toughest jobs anyone is tasked with, and now the 26-year-old finds himself in the same position.

While she tries to recover from the deadly strain in the same hospital where she works, details of her life and career are emerging. So who is Nina Pham?

1. She's Vietnamese-American, growing up up Fort Worth, Texas, and attending Texas Christian University in the same city, graduating with a nursing license in 2010.

Just two months ago, she received certification in critical care nursing, which deals specifically with life-threatening problems like the one she's experiencing.

2. She is a very devoted Catholic, always putting the other people's interests ahead of her own, says a friend, who adds that everyone knows her observes this.

3. She's a teacher who helped teach other nurses in training at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Some of her students are tasked with her care.

4. She has a sense of humor. Among the boards she set up on Pinterest are two filled with funny e-cards: "Laughter is the best medicine" and "Nurse things."

5. She adores her dog, which is quite obvious as many of Pham's photos on social media accounts feature her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bentley.

Is the dog also at risk for contracting the disease? Yes, but Dallas city spokeswoman Sana Syed said Bentley is safe and being cared for in quarantine.

"That dog was very important to her," said Mayor Mike Rawlings. "We want to make sure that dog is as healthy as can be at this point and being taken care of."

Get well soon, Nina.

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